Yvette, the popular favorite of the Italian Opera Company, is in the opening scene of this picture singing Gluck's "Orpheus" when she is suddenly seized with illness, which causes her to fall prostrate on the floor and the audience is completely grief stricken. Some of the more thoughtful ones, however, rushed to her assistance, among whom were the first violinist and the Marquis of Montreville, both of whom prove to be madly infatuated with the cantatrice. The Marquis, realizing the extent of the singer's illness, offers his country estate at the seaside and, inasmuch as her physicians prescribe absolute rest and change of atmosphere, Yvette gladly accepts. During her absence from the opera the first violinist found life quite intolerable. Desiring to see her, he pays a visit to the country estate of the Marquis, only to be refused admission at the door. As a retort to this insult the musician proposes a duel with the Marquis, who, believing it an opportunity to rid himself of the ...
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